Steve Bruce and Ian Wright have a reputation for being two of the lovliest men in football.
In fact, Newcastle boss Bruce is so lovely he once paid Freddie Flintoff’s bill at a swankey Dubai restaurant after the talkSPORT’s host maxed out on his credit card.
But even the gentlest of souls can lose their rag over a game of football, especially when it’s Manchester United vs Arsenal.
Wright and Bruce were fierce rivals throughout the nineties
The infamously feisty fixture changes people, which can mean the best action often occurs in the tunnel.
From Roy Keane’s spat with Patrick Vieira, to Cesc Fabregas lobbing a slice of pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson, and now Bruce having a massive punch-up with Wright.
That’s right – former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told us about a time when both men just lost it in the tunnel at Old Trafford.
“Wrighty was always up to mischief,” Parlour said. “He was such a character.
“Him and Bruce were at each other, back in the days when you could kick.
“Bruce gave him a few kicks from behind and Wrighty was reacting.
It’s hard to imagine Bruce starting a punch-up
“It got to a stage where they said, ‘Right, we’ll have it at half-time.
“Wrighty ran off down the end of the tunnel at Old Trafford and waited there.
“Bruce walks down, Wrighty says, ‘Come on, it’s just a game of football’.
“But Bruce drops his arm and goes for him, then Wrighty goes for Bruce, too.
“The next minute, all of the stewards have jumped in, it was a proper brawl in the tunnel at half-time.”
Sorry Wrighty, but our money would’ve been on Bruce.
Wright certainly wasn’t the biggest in an Arsenal team which included the likes of Tony Adams and Steve Bould.
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And it turns out the striker forgot to give his team-mates the code word to back him up.
Parlour continues: “I remember playing Coventry City at Highbury. We had Martin Keown and John Hartson, they had Gary McAllister and Liam Daish, so they had some big lumps as well.
“The code word was ‘kettle boiling’, when the kettle’s boiling, we’re going to have a little scuffle.
“I remember Martin Keown lining up a punch while the police officer was looking at him, and he went through with it.
“George Graham was trying to do his team talk while the police were taking statements about what happened in the tunnel!”

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